Photos and Events

2019 Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards

Boom & Bust: The Resilient Women of Historic Telegraph Cove is awarded an Honorable Mention for being one of “the most significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia”

Virtual Book Club participation and discussion, June 22, 2020

physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic by joining a thoughtful and generous group of women at their book club via zoom

Checking out the shelves of BC’s bookstores

Coho Book of Campbell River
behind the counter in pride of place at Vancouver’s Hager Books
Munro’s books in Victoria, one of the most beautiful bookstores anywhere
In the General Store at Telegraph Cove……
….and in Telegraph Cove’s WIC (Whale Interpretive Centre)
in an appropriate section, although it could also go in Biography, History, Women
in good company at Tanner’s Books in Sidney
at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
at Bolen Books in Victoria, with an instrument I did not use in the writing of this book!
trying to influence shoppers, while remaining incognito!

Presentation at Vancouver Public Library in Honour of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020

at the entrance to the gorgeous central branch of the VPL
Talking about my favourite group of women, with a photo of all the women living in Telegraph Cove at the time, in 1961
Reading selections from the next to the primary colour block VPL logo
The best part – talking to people about the book and the women in it, and about the women in their lives (and making a few sales of course!)

Book signing at Mulberry Books, Parksville, November 24, 2019

a stack of books to sign and a loop of vintage photos to watch, and a fire extinguisher in the background in case things get heated
with Evylen Farrant (Chapter 16) and her husband Marvin, who lived in Telegraph Cove for 57 years
book store tableau

Casa Loma Seniors Village, Courtenay, B.C. November 23, 2019

on the board!
introducing Telegraph Cove
signing books, the best place to be on a very rainy November day on the coast!
a friend who braved the elements to be there

Charitable Donations Presentations in Campbell River, November 22, 2019

Presenting the first installment of my royalties to the Campbell River North Island Transition Society, with Diane Palmer (Economic Development Coordinator) and Valery Puetz (Executive Director)
Making my second donation of the day – this time to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation in support of women’s health, with CRHF Executive Director Stacey Marsh

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum in Vancouver, November 10, 2019

Quick! What’s that behind my shoulder? Some benevolent artifact from the past

Haig-Brown Fall Festival in Campbell River, September 23, 2019

Haig-Brown House, heritage home of author/environmentalist Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife librarian/humanitarian Ann Elmore
rain at the beginning…..
then glorious sunshine!
at the table of the Campbell River North Island Transition Society, one of the two charities my royalties of this print run are being donated to
about the women whose name is attached to a shelter for at-risk women and children, now part of the CRNITS
my book for sale, along with Roderick Haig-Brown’s books, by the Campbell River Museum
wearing my protective booties, I am making my presentation in the study, trying to soak in the vibes of the Haig-Browns – look there is his chair on the left!
we all had to leave the House by the back door, as a bear wandered into the front garden – I love rural BC!
enjoying Campbell River…
…its beaches…..
….and its bakeries!
….. then home again, courtesy BC Ferries

Telegraph Cove, August 10, 2019

Stationed at the Telegraph Cove General Store
Reading to a spread out group of wonderfully enthusiastic visitors
meeting and signing
And over there…..
One of the women in the book, Lorraine Wallz, was there to chat and sign as well
a little walking tour of the Cove
seagulls enjoying the tour
so happy to be here this sunny day!
new buildings to add to the old

Sointula Museum and Library, August 8, 2019

being introduced by organizer #1 Kathy
huge thanks to instigator and organizer #2 Annemarie
whipping cream in a vintage butter churn
the best cakes and cookies in the world!
the old hall my great-grandparents and grandparents danced in
Finnish still in evidence
the “new hall” that my mother danced in

Victoria Book Launch at Bolen Books, July 18, 2019

checking out the place – incognito
four of the women attended, making it extra special
third cousins I discovered I have while writing the book

Delivering copies to all the Women Contributors

first copy to my mother of course!
this woman knows hoe to live!
2 at one time – and a third to be passed on
Touchwood Editions author to TouchWood Editions author
someone instrumental in helping me with information for one of the schoolteachers
some women are so busy the delivery had to be made on a highway pull-out
some deliveries were very emotional, and needed tissues at the ready
appropriate backdrop of a new Telegraph Cove painting
delivering to a woman I had never actually met before this moment
in a coffee break at work
appropriately in a family kitchen between work day and social evening
delivering to a woman who I have looked up to all my life
delivering to a small island means getting to stay and visit all day until the next ferry
another quick pass during a short work break in the back lane
to the oldest woman from the book still living – 90 this summer!
Impossible not to look elegant when in this apartment – I even have orchids coming out of my head!

Book launch at Book Warehouse on Main Street, Vancouver on June 25, 2019

cookies from “Terra Breads” and “Cookies and Company”
signing with champagne at hand
the staff who made it happen

My book is here at last! A little celebration is in order.